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…Web apps have been charted?

Web App Charts

There’s Flickr and Dopplr, YouTube and DropSend; Zoho, Digg, YMail and Gmail; Facebook, Pandora, Mint and Twitter; and last but not least, there’s Last.fm, (oh, and don’t forget, Remember the Milk!)

They’ve all become a part of our daily online lives, but web based applications are a relatively new thing, which means they’re still vying for top spot on your bookmark list.

Thus, Carsonified set out to find out which are the most popular and successful web apps through a straw poll of over 3,000 votes from all over the world.

Which one made top spot?

Click through to find out:

[Web App Charts]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Newspond?

Newspond

Newspond has dubbed itself “the most advanced news site on the planet”.

Quite a claim, eh?

The idea is that a “tireless electronic brain” finds and sorts news in real-time based on global popularity. This “self-sufficient news engine” “continually watches over and reads hundreds of different websites, including everything from major news portals to the tiniest blog, or forum”.

When it finds new news, it notes, sizes and gauges that news based on things like how fast a story spreads throughout the internet, the amount of discussion surrounding the story, the rate at which people click on or bookmark the article, and even the size of each of the sites reporting it.

The result is a Buoyancy Rating that tells you “the exact upward force exerted on a news story by the internet, in real-time”.

To view the news, you can sort Newspond by what’s hot at that moment, or you can sort stories by the highest popularity rating that they ever attained to see what’s hot for the day, week, or month.

As with any new site (it made its public debut on Tuesday) Newspond is still sorting out a few last minute bugs, and the volume of stories isn’t at the levels of the other social bookmarking sites (which could actually be a good thing) but my initial impression is a positive one. The site looks fantastic, has a wonderfully intuitive layout (including an easy to use commenting system), and features stories that I actually want to read. The timeline of sources is also an interesting idea, and the “real-time”iness of it all seems to work well, so I’m definitely going to be checking back to see how the site progresses.

Can this computerized Digg take on the social bookmarking kings?

Only time will tell, but it’s looking good so far.

[Newspond]

[Via: Mashable!]

…Digg doesn’t like Bad Behavior?

Digg

Sometimes it just helps to search!

Recently, I was alerted to a problem with DYH and Digg. Whenever a post was submitted to Digg, the user was greeted with the following message instead of the usual Digg verbage:

    This link does not appear to be a working link. Please check the URL and try again.

A quick Google of [Digg + ”This link does not appear to be a working link. Please check the URL and try again.”] turned up this page, which indicated the fact that this issue was due to an incompatibility between Digg and the Bad Behavior plugin.

Since I’m a huge fan of the Bad Behavior plugin and what it’s done to eliminate the spam that this site was seeing, I was reluctant to just remove it.

Thankfully, there’s a workaround, though it gets into php code, so it’s a bit messy for WordPress beginners. However, if you use the Bad Behavior plugin on your own site, and want Digg to Digg, then do the following:

  1. Open up the Bad Behavior plugin folder
  2. Open up the Bad Behavior subfolder
  3. Open a file called “whitelist.inc.php” in a text editor
  4. Find the following text:
    // Includes four examples of whitelisting by IP address and netblock.
    $bb2_whitelist_ip_ranges = array(
    “10.0.0.0/8”,
    “172.16.0.0/12”,
    “192.168.0.0/16”,
    // “127.0.0.1”,
    );
  5. Add Digg’s crawler address (64.191.203.34) as follows:
    // Includes four examples of whitelisting by IP address and netblock.
    $bb2_whitelist_ip_ranges = array(
    “10.0.0.0/8”,
    “172.16.0.0/12”,
    “192.168.0.0/16”,
    “64.191.203.34”,
    // “127.0.0.1”,
    );
  6. Save, and re-upload the “whitelist.inc.php” file

Moral of the story: Almost any problem can be solved with a little bit of Google.

…There Internet still has a lot left?

Webware - Web Achievements 101: Things To Do Before You Die

Sure you’ve posted a story that got Dugg a time or two and you’ve got a few friends following you on Twitter, but have you really done all that there is to do on the Internet?

Probably not, which is why Webware’s Web Achievements 101: Things To Do Before You Die is a great source of inspiration.

The bucket list includes skill, repetition and egosphere cred categories, and with goals like Get on Flickr’s interesting picture wall, Acquire Elite status on Yelp.com, and Get publicly slammed by Dave Winer, you’ll be busy for quite some time.

Think you’re ready for the challenge?

Then head on over to Webware and scope things out, because you’re going to need a plan if you plan on conquering some of these momentous achievements.

[Webware – Web Achievements 101: Things To Do Before You Die]